Christina Hendricks: Curvy, Confident, Gorgeous

Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks talks about how good it feels to shatter a few expectations and appreciate the body she was born with.

Q: What is your best advice for reaching total body confidence? Do you have it?
A: I guess my mom raised me right. She was very celebratory of her body. I never heard her once say, 'I feel fat.' Back when I was modeling, the first time I went to Italy I was having cappuccinos every day, and I gained 15 pounds. And I felt gorgeous! I would take my clothes off in front of the mirror and be like, Oh, I look like a woman. And I felt beautiful, and I never tried to lose it, 'cause I loved it. [Laughs.]

Q: You gained it from living a good life.
A: It's like Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution-real, good foods. It's OK if I have avocado and olive oil and all these delicious things, you know? I don't feel guilty about that.

Q: Is there any healthy rule you believe in breaking?
A: I break every healthy rule! [Laughs.]


Brian Bowen Smith

Q: Says the girl sitting in an Irish pub at 4 p.m. ...
A: With a glass of Pinot Grigio. I was a dancer until I was 19. I never had to worry about working out or what I ate. So I've really had to train myself to get down to the gym. But what surprised me was that my husband said [the other day], 'I'm going down to work out,' and I was like, 'Oh, I wish I was going.' And I was like, 'Ooh! I can't believe I just said that!' I'd had a busy week working 16-hour days, and I didn't get to work out, and I missed it. My friends will read this and be like, 'No you didn't.' [Laughs.] But it's true!

Q: Do you have any health regrets?
A: My parents didn't exercise, so it was not something I saw was good for you or fun. I wish I had grown up knowing to do that. And my mother-she'll admit it-hated vegetables, so when we had them, they were always canned or cooked within an inch of their lives.

Q: So what's your gym routine?
A: I get kind of bored on the treadmill, but I do it. And I do a little bit of weight training. I'm really into the BOSU ball. You have to balance on it, and I do weights and squats on it. I'm pretty good at it, I feel sort of like a Karate Kid.

Q: Any tricks for making workouts fun?
A: I read magazines, and I'll try [the exercises]. It's something different, and, often, you don't need equipment. If I get any private time in my trailer, all of a sudden I'm doing sit-ups and push-ups.

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Amy Spencer
Last Updated: June 22, 2010

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